riding home after a battle, and he's
coming back with information and knowledge for us - whether it's about another culture or another place," Pottage
The statue will arrive in Houston on Sunday.
decided to move Genesis Sculpture Studio
from Fresno to Lyon County because of its affordability.
found a 2,000-square-foot studio with a door big enough to remove the completed horseman.
has worked on various movie sets, such as "Dracula
" and "Jurassic
Park" and sculpted for zoos, hotels and museums across the country.
has left: an empty studio still reflecting the project.
Thomas Pottage, director of Genesis Sculpture Studio, created the props and sets.
As a guest speaker, Pottage
found himself surrounded by eager students hanging on his
every word long after class had ended and even well into the sacrosanct lunch hour.
At one point a school counselor had to shoo students on to their next class.
A portfolio of photographs from "Jurassic
Park," "Batman Forever," and Dracula
" can have that effect on a teenage audience.
But the films aside, Pottage
own compelling message to the Diamond Springs campus.
was 5 years old, Pottage
said, "I knew I was going to be in movies.
But in high school I kind of forgot that vision.
Peer pressure and the desire to be liked caused him to loose that dream, he
"Find that dream and go after it," Pottage
spoke at Independence Continuation School
as part of the school's Careers in the Arts program.
Guidance councilor Patty Brewer approached Pottage about speaking at the school, on a recommendation from Kathleen Dodge, El Dorado County film commissioner.
Dodge was familiar with Pottage
work on several films shot in El Dorado County.
Last November, Pottage
moved from Southern California to North Highlands, where he
operates Genesis Sculpture Studios
has 18 years of sculpture experience, including sculpting everything from trees and rocks to classical figures for Hollywood movies.
It was Pottage
, for example, who carved all the bones for "Jurassic
also helped sculpt the sets for the movie version of "The Flintstones" - everything had to be carved out of foam rubber.
also created displays for museums, zoos, entertainment theme parks and some of the largest hotel-casinos in Las Vegas.
told the students he
first job in the business when he
applied to be a model builder with Universal Studios
had never done that type of work.
"I lied about my experience," he
But what his
employer saw in Pottage
was a more important qualification - his
In sculpting, Pottage
said, "the difference between an armature and a master is the degree of emotion you can put into it.
was earning $75,000 a year and getting so much work he
had to turn down projects.
Working in Hollywood, Pottage
said, led to a variety of interactions with celebrities, from drinking coffee with Steven Spielberg, to rear-ending Mel Gibson's Mercedes.
During a question and answer period, sophomore Pam Turney asked Pottage how someone gets started as a sculptor in Hollywood.
"Build things," Pottage
"Then build a portfolio of your work."
reminded the class that Halloween isn't that far away.
suggested that students purchase a block of foam and start working, perhaps creating a haunted house on campus.
After class, Turney said she
might take up Pottage's idea and set to work on that foam.
"It will take a lot of practice," she
"Drawing is the basic language of art," Pottage
Pottage's appearance at the school ties in with its emphasis on the arts.